The Welsh Grand National

The Welsh Grand National came to Chepstow after the war in 1949.  Commonly known as the Coral Welsh National, the three-quarter-mile race owes a lot of its success to the support of the betting company for establishing it as one of the major events in the horse racing calendar.  The Welsh Grand National is a handicap chase run over three-mile and six and a half furlongs, taking place between Christmas and New Year.  

The race was originally run on Easter Tuesday, but it was moved to February in 1969 with the aim of attracting better horses.  However, the increased risk of bad weather frequently forced its cancellation.  In 1979 it was moved to late December and as a result has attracted a better class of runners, making it an informative guide to future races such as the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Recent History

In recent years, there have been multiple winners of the Welsh Grand National.  In 2016, Native River won the Welsh Grand National, but also took home the Magners Gold Cup in 2018.  In 2017, sixteen-year-old James Bowen broke the record by becoming the youngest ever jockey to win the race.  In 2018, jockey Tom O’Brien won the Welsh Grand National on the horse Elegant Escape.  More recently, Potters Corner became the first Welsh-trained horse to take the title since 1973.

Flying to the Welsh Grand National by helicopter 

Flying with Atlas Helicopters to the Coral Welsh Grand National promises speedy, convenient travel.  You can fly from anywhere in the UK and it takes just one hour to fly from London to the racecourse meaning you don’t have to worry about the stress of traffic and long queues.  

Enroute there will be complimentary champagne, light catering and copies of the Racing Post so you’ll not only arrive in a sparkling mood but also ready to soak up the atmosphere and place your bets.

Our Operations Team will organise everything for you, from transfers to the helicopter and landing permissions, all the way to departure arrangements for the flight home. We also operate a flexible itinerary so if on the day you want to stay longer, that can easily be arranged.

It’s important to note that following Government guidelines, all visitors will need to show a ‘Covid Pass’ to attend the event.  This is either proof that you have been vaccinated or proof of a negative lateral flow test.  These only need to be shown on arrival, after that you are good to go!

Contact our friendly Operations Team today to plan your memorable day.  They are more than happy to help and meet requirements you may have, whether that be to book accommodation for the evening or to pick up some of your friends on the way!  Call our Operations team on 01256 635000 or visit our contact page here.

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